Former headteacher of Caldicott School convicted of child sexual abuse

17/12/2013

Former headteacher, Roland Peter Wright, has today, Tuesday, 17 December 2013, been convicted of 12 counts of indecent assault involving five victims over a period of 11 years. This follows earlier convictions for fellow former teachers John Addrison, Edward Carson and Hugh Henry.

Ruth Bowskill, Temporary Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: "This case marks the end of a series of prosecutions of four teaching staff involved in the serious sexual abuse of a number of children at Caldicott School in Buckinghamshire committed over a period of a decade. The position of trust held by these men, the young age of the victims and their vulnerability at the time of the abuse greatly increases the seriousness of these already grave offences.

"Roland Peter Wright was a particularly trusted member of staff at Caldicott School and became the head teacher. Not only did he breach the trust of the pupils at the school, their parents and the staff, Wright also abused his position of authority in order to gain access to his victims.   It is only due to the great courage and persistence of the victims and those affected by the abuse that the despicable behaviour of these teachers at the school has been exposed.  Roland Peter Wright has never shown any contrition for his behaviour or apologised for his conduct; at all times he has sought to evade responsibility for what he did. I would like to pay tribute to the victims and witnesses in this case for their strength and tenacity in coming forward and giving evidence on matters which must have been extremely distressing still years after the events took place.

"Today's convictions serve as an important message to people who have been the victim of crimes such as these that they should come forward regardless of when the offence occurred because time is not a barrier to justice. The CPS will work closely with partners, as we did with Thames Valley Police in this investigation, to ensure that robust criminal cases are put before the courts.

"The emotional impact on Wright's victims and those of the other teachers is impossible to quantify. I hope that the convictions give some small comfort to the victims involved.  Our thoughts are very much with them all at this time."

Both Roland Wright and Hugh Henry will be sentenced at Aylesbury Crown Court on Thursday, 06 February 2014.